New poll from Indiana Republicans shows support for Indiana gay marriage ban

Activists went to the Statehouse to voice opposition - and support - for the measure.

A vote for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage could happen by next week.

On Wednesday, Indiana Republican lawmakers released new poll results showing what they believe is support for the ban. The poll of 800 registered voters conducted this month shows 53 percent of voters support the amendment and 41 percent oppose it.

The group responding to the poll was comprised as follows: 33 percent Republican, 27 percent Democrat, 34 percent Independent, with the remainder classified as "other," "don't know" or "refused."

The poll also found that there was majority opposition to any amendment that would prohibit civil unions and affect domestic partnership benefits.

The largest group opposing the amendment is Freedom Indiana, and it disagrees with the results.

"Our polling indicates this shouldn't be in our constitution. So it seems the legislature needs to a look at it, fix it, or get rid of it," said Megan Robertson, Freedom Indiana.

The numbers from the GOP-sponsored poll mark a change from a September 2013 poll conducted by Freedom Indiana, which found just 34 percent in favor of changing Indiana's constitution.

The poll also found that 77 percent of voters think the overall issue of gay marriage is important enough that voters should be allowed to vote on it, with that number increasing to 80 percent when voters were given more information about the issue.

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says a vote on the amendment could happen next week by the House Judiciary Committee.

See the complete poll results here.

Other notes from the poll:

When presented with the actual language of the Amendment, voters support it by a margin of 53% to 41%.

When told that state law defines marriage to be between one man and one woman, they support protecting this law by placing the language in the State Constitution by a broader 58% to 38% margin. However, when told the language included in the second sentence of the Amendment could prohibit civil unions and affect domestic partnership benefits, opposition increases to 54%.

54% support removing this second sentence.

43% indicate a State Legislator voting to remove this language and delaying the vote on the Amendment until 2016 would not make a difference in their vote to re-elect their State Legislator.

Candidates will be the vote driver in 2014, with just 21% indicating this issue will be the primary reason they vote in November.